Welcome to the NEW Valerie Theatre!
Discover a new cultural experience in Downtown Inverness. The new Valerie Theatre Cultural Center is open with lots of exciting shows on the horizon. Movies, concerts, plays, educational exhibits, and special events are just some of the entertainment coming soon. The newly rebuilt theatre seats 150 and includes a balcony with high top tables and chairs. Check our events page often for dates, times and prices of upcoming events.
History of the Valerie Theatre
Mrs. Pearl G. Maddox built the theatre in 1926-27 during the silent movie era, naming it the Valerie after her daughter. The first movie shown was “The Only Woman” in 1927; the last was “The Untouchables” in 1987. Herbert Pittman of Clearwater leased the theatre when “talking equipment” was installed. Prices were 10 cents for children and 25 cents for adults. At a time when other towns prohibited Sunday shows, City Council boldly adopted a resolution to permit Sunday movies, boosting trade in the City and making the Theatre a social focal point for many years. The theatre was gutted by fire in 1939 and rebuilt. In 1962, daily clips from the movie “Follow That Dream” were viewed with Elvis in attendance. The building remained vacant from 1987 until the City purchased it in 2009. With community involvement and detailed planning a grand reopening was held for the Valerie Theatre Cultural Center in June 2015.